Rivers Gov’t Approves $10.5million For Health Facilities

Rivers Gov’t Approves $10.5million For Health Facilities

Sets up task force black soot

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

As the concern for pollution heightens, the Rivers State Government has set up a Task Force to tackle the worsening black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.

The Executive Council of the state chaired by the Governor Nyesom Wike during its meeting, yesterday, approved for the purchase of hi-tech equipment for the Braithwaite Memorial Specialists Hospital, BMSH, the sum of $10.5million.

The State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, who intimated newsmen of the resolutions of the SEC in s statement yesterday, expressed worries over rise in the case of black soot in the state.

Tam-George, who noted that the decision came based on a preliminary report of its Ministerial Investigation presented to the council by the Commissioner of Environment, Prof. Roseline Konya, said the government approved to set up a Task Force mandated to investigate and resolve the environmental challenge.

He noted that the Task Force has the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya, Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr. Emeka Onowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George as members.

The information commissioner stated that the committee which would be backed by technical experts would liaise with major stakeholders in the state to tackle the environmental challenges posed by the black soot.

Tam-George added that the council also resolved to ensure that all the General Hospitals being rehabilitated by the state government are duly equipped to create access to quality healthcare.